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Quinnipiac University Poll. Feb. 16-19, 2018. N=1,249 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.4.

             

"Do you think that the NRA, or National Rifle Association, supports policies that are good for the U.S., or supports policies that are bad for the U.S.?"

 
    Good for
the U.S.
Bad for
the U.S.
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-19/18

38 51 11    
 

Republicans

80 8 12    
 

Democrats

9 83 9    
 

Independents

38 52 10    
 
 

10/5-10/17

43 47 10    
             

"Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in the United States?"
9/15 & earlier: "Do you support or oppose stricter gun control laws in the United States?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-19/18

66 31 4    
 

Republicans

34 60 6    
 

Democrats

86 13 1    
 

Independents

69 27 4    
 
 

12/13-18/17

59 36 5    
 

11/7-13/17

60 36 3    
 

10/5-10/17

60 36 3    
 

6/22-27/17

54 42 4    
 

6/21-27/16

54 42 4    
 

12/16-20/15

47 50 3    
 

9/17-21/15

45 48 7    
 

6/24-30/14

50 47 3    
 

9/23-29/13

54 41 5    
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

53 42 4    
 

2/27 - 3/4/13

51 42 7    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

52 43 5    
 

7/8-13/08

54 40 5    
             

"Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-19/18

97 2 1    
 

Republicans

97 2 1    
 

Democrats

99 1 -    
 

Independents

98 1 -    
 
 

12/13-18/17

95 4 1    
 

11/7-13/17

95 4 1    
 

10/5-10/17

94 5 1    
 

6/22-27/17

94 5 -    
 

6/21-27/16

93 6 1    
 

9/17-21/15

93 6 1    
 

6/24-30/14

92 7 1    
 

9/23-29/13

89 9 1    
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

91 8 1    
 

2/27 - 3/4/13

88 10 2    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

92 7 1    
             

"Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-19/18

67 29 4    
 

11/7-13/17

65 31 5    
 

10/5-10/17

64 32 4    
 

6/21-27/16

59 37 4    
 

12/16-20/15

58 38 4    
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

59 36 4    
 

2/27 - 3/4/13

54 41 6    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

56 39 5    
             

"Do you support or oppose imposing a federal mandatory waiting period on all gun purchases, so that everyone who purchases a gun must wait a certain number of days before taking the gun home?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-19/18

83 14 3    
 

10/5-10/17

79 19 2    
             

"Do you think it is too easy to buy a gun in the U.S. today, too difficult to buy a gun in the U.S. today, or about right?"

 
    Too
easy
Too
difficult
About
right
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

2/16-19/18

67 3 25 4  
 

11/7-13/17

59 4 33 5  
 

10/5-10/17

59 3 33 4  
 

6/22-27/17

57 6 32 5  
 

6/21-27/16

57 3 36 4  
 

12/16-20/15

55 4 36 5  
             

"If more people carried guns, do you think the United States would be safer or less safe?"

 
    Safer Less
safe
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-19/18

33 59 9    
 

11/7-13/17

37 55 8    
 

10/5-10/17

35 56 9    
 

6/22-27/17

35 57 8    
 

6/21-27/16

40 52 8    
 

12/16-20/15

44 47 9    
             

"Do you think Congress is doing enough to reduce gun violence, or do you think Congress needs to do more to reduce gun violence?"

 
    Is doing
enough
Needs to
do more
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-19/18

17 75 8    
 

12/13-18/17

25 67 8    
 

11/7-13/17

23 69 9    
 

10/5-10/17

24 68 8    
             

"Which of these do you think would do more to reduce gun violence in schools: having stricter gun laws, armed teachers in schools, or using metal detectors at school entrances?"

 
    Stricter
gun laws
Armed
teachers
Metal
detectors
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

2/16-19/18

40 20 34 6  
             

"If you agreed with a political candidate on other issues, but not on the issue of gun laws, could you still vote for that candidate, or not?"

 
    Could
vote for
Could not
vote for
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-19/18

54 34 12    
             

"Is being the victim of a mass shooting something you personally worry about, or not?"

 
    Do
worry
Do not
worry
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-19/18

45 55 1    
 

12/13-18/17

37 62 1    
 

11/7-13/17

40 60 -    
             

"Which do you think is a bigger problem in the United States: mass killings committed by people from other countries, or mass killings committed by U.S. citizens?"

 
    People
from other
countries
U.S.
citizens
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

2/16-19/18

20 70 10    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 15-18, 2018. N=808 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Would you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons in this country?" Options rotated

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/15-18/18

50 46 4    
             

"Do you think Congress is or is not doing enough to try to prevent mass shootings in this country?"

 
    Is doing
enough
Is not doing
enough
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/15-18/18

19 77 4    
             

"Do you think President Trump is or is not doing enough to try to prevent mass shootings in this country?"

 
    Is doing
enough
Is not doing
enough
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/15-18/18

29 62 9    
             

"Do you think that mass shootings in this country are more a reflection of problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems, or inadequate gun control laws?" Options rotated

 
    Mental
health
Gun
control laws
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/15-18/18

57 28 9 2 4
 

10/15-18/15

63 23 10 3 1
             

"You may have heard about the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, this week. ..."

 
    Could
have been
prevented
Could not
have been
prevented
Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Do you think this event could or could not have been prevented by stricter gun control laws?"

 

2/15-18/18

58 37 4    
             
 

"Do you think this event could or could not have been prevented by allowing school teachers to carry guns?"

 

2/15-18/18

42 51 7    
             
 

"Do you think this event could or could not have been prevented by more effective mental health screening and treatment?"

 

2/15-18/18

77 16 7    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Dec. 13-18, 2017. N=1,230 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.3.

             

"Do you support or oppose a ban on gun modifications that can make a semi-automatic gun work more like an automatic gun?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

12/13-18/17

68 27 4    
 

11/7-13/17

74 24 3    
 

10/5-10/17

73 25 3    

 

CBS News Poll. Dec. 3-5, 2017. N=1,120 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"In general, do you think laws covering the sale of guns should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?"
6/13 & earlier: "In general, do you think gun control laws should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?"

 
    More
strict
Less
strict
Kept as
they are
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

12/3-5/17

57 7 33 2  
 

Republicans

29 10 57 3  
 

Democrats

83 2 14 1  
 

Independents

55 9 33 3  
 
 

4/21-24/17

54 11 33 2  
 

6/13-14/16

57 11 29 4  
 

1/7-10/16

57 10 30 3  
 

12/4-8/15

51 10 36 3  
 

10/21-25/15

58 8 31 3  
 

7/29 - 8/2/15

52 13 32 2  
 

2/19-23/14

54 9 36 1  
 

12/4-8/13

49 12 36 3  
 

5/31 - 6/4/13

51 11 36 2  
 

4/24-28/13

54 10 33 3  
 

3/20-24/13

47 11 39 3  
 

2/6-10/13

53 10 34 3  
 

1/11-15/13

54 9 34 3  
 

12/14-16/12

57 9 30 4  
 

4/12

39 13 41 6  
             

"Do you favor or oppose a federal law requiring background checks on all potential gun buyers?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

12/3-5/17

92 7 1    
 

Republicans

88 10 2    
 

Democrats

96 4 -    
 

Independents

91 8 1    
 
 

6/13-14/16

89 8 2    
 

1/7-10/16

88 10 2    
 

10/21-25/15

92 7 1    
 

7/29 - 8/2/15

88 10 1    
 

12/4-8/13

85 12 3    
 

4/24-28/13

88 11 2    
 

3/20-24/13

90 8 2    
 

2/6-10/13

91 7 2    
 

1/11-15/13

92 7 1    
             

"Do you favor or oppose allowing more teachers and school officials to carry guns in schools?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

12/3-5/17

40 56 3    
 

Republicans

69 29 2    
 

Democrats

20 78 2    
 

Independents

40 55 5    
 
 

10/21-25/15

38 57 4    
             

"Do you favor or oppose a nationwide ban on assault weapons?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

12/3-5/17

49 48 3    
 

Republicans

38 57 4    
 

Democrats

65 34 2    
 

Independents

44 53 3    
 
 

6/13-14/16

57 38 6    
 

12/4-8/15

44 50 6    
 

1/15-19/11

63 34 3    
 

4/22-26/09

54 41 5    
 

5/10-13/00

67 28 5    
 

3/19-21/00

70 25 6    
 

1/2-3/95

67 27 6    
             

"Do you favor or oppose a ban on equipment such as bump stocks that can make a semi-automatic gun work more like an automatic gun?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

12/3-5/17

51 46 3    
             

"Please tell me whether you think each of the following would do a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all to help prevent gun violence. How about [see below]?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Nothing
at all
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 
 

"Stricter gun laws"

 

12/3-5/17

41 19 16 24 1
 
 

"Better mental health screening and treatment"

 

12/3-5/17

68 21 5 5 1
 
 

"More police and armed guards in public places such as schools and churches"

 

12/3-5/17

39 33 17 10 2
 
 

"Allowing more law-abiding citizens to carry guns in public"

 

12/3-5/17

29 22 17 30 2
 
 

"Tougher sentences on criminals and gang members"

 

12/3-5/17

48 26 14 11 2
 

"In general, do you think the level of gun violence in the U.S. is a crisis for the country, a very serious problem but not a crisis, a somewhat serious problem, or not much of a problem?"

 
    A crisis Very
serious but
not a crisis
Somewhat
serious
Not much of
a problem
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

12/3-5/17

32 37 24 7 1
             

"How concerned are you about the threat of a mass shooting in the area where you live? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not concerned at all?"

 
    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not very
concerned
Not
concerned
at all
 
    % % % %  
 

12/3-5/17

21 27 29 23  
             

"Have recent mass shootings made you less likely to attend large public events these days, or not?"

 
    Less
likely
Not less
likely
Never attend
large events
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

12/3-5/17

32 65 2 1  

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Nov. 7-13, 2017. N=1,577 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of guns to people who have been convicted of violent crimes?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

11/7-13/17

91 7 2    
 

10/5-10/17

86 12 1    
             

"Do you support or oppose stricter regulations on ammunition sales?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

11/7-13/17

62 34 4    
 

10/5-10/17

58 38 4    
             

"Is being the victim of gun violence something you personally worry about, or not?"

 
    Do
worry
Do not
worry
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

11/7-13/17

41 59 1    
 

10/5-10/17

37 62 1    
             

"Which do you believe is a bigger cause of mass shootings? It is too easy to buy guns in the United States. OR, It is too difficult to get mental health care in the United States."

 
    Too easy to
buy guns
Too difficult
to get mental
health care
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

11/7-13/17

37 52 11    
             

"When it comes to mass killings, such as the shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, do you believe that stricter gun laws would help to prevent them from happening, or do you believe that the people responsible would find a way around gun laws and commit these crimes anyway?"

 
    Stricter laws
would help
Crimes would
be committed
anyway
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

11/7-13/17

34 62 4    

 

Marist Poll. Oct. 15-17, 2017. N=1,093 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3. 3/13: Morning Joe/Marist Poll

             

"Do you think it is more important to protect gun rights or control gun violence?"

 
    Protect
gun rights
Control
gun violence
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/15-17/17

45 52 4    
 

3/25-27/13

44 53 3    

 

CNN Poll conducted by SSRS. Oct. 12-15, 2017. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.
6/17 & earlier: CNN/ORC Poll

             

"Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/12-15/17

52 44 4    
 

6/16-19/16

55 42 3    
 

12/17-21/15

48 51 1    
 

10/14-17/15

46 52 3    
 

6/26-28/15

49 49 1    
 

9/5-7/14

44 55 1    
 

11/18-20/13

49 50 1    
 

4/5-7/13

53 45 2    
 

1/14-15/13

55 44 1    
             

"Do you think having stricter gun control laws would reduce the number of gun-related deaths in the country, or not?"

 
    Would
reduce
Would
not reduce
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/12-15/17

46 51 3    
 

6/26-28/15

40 60 -    
             

"Please tell me whether you would generally favor or oppose each of the following proposals which some people have made to reduce the amount of gun violence. ..."

 

"A ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of high-powered rifles capable of semi-automatic fire, such as the AR-15."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/12-15/17

49 49 3    
 

"A ban on the sale and possession of equipment known as high-capacity or extended ammunition magazines, which allow some guns to shoot more than 10 bullets before they need to be reloaded."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/12-15/17

54 43 2    
 

"Preventing all Americans from owning guns."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/12-15/17

11 86 2    
 

6/16-19/16

9 90 -    
 

8/7-8/12

10 89 -    
 

"Limiting the number of guns an individual can own."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/12-15/17

46 51 3    

 

Gallup Poll. Oct. 5-11, 2017. N=1,028 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?"

 
    More
strict
Less
strict
Kept as
now
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/5-11/17

60 5 33 1  
 

10/5-9/16

55 10 34 1  
 

10/7-11/15

55 11 33 -  
 

10/12-15/14

47 14 38 1  
 

10/3-6/13

49 13 37 1  
 

9/17-18/13

49 13 37 2  
 

12/19-22/12

58 6 34 2  
 

10/6-9/11

43 11 44 2  
 

10/7-10/10

44 12 42 2  
 

10/1-4/09

44 12 43 1  
 

10/3-5/08

49 8 41 2  
 

10/4-7/07

51 8 39 2  
 

10/9-12/06

56 9 33 2  
 

10/13-16/05

57 7 35 1  
 

10/11-14/04

54 11 34 1  
 

1/9-11/04

60 6 34 -  
 

10/6-8/03

55 9 36 -  
 

10/14-17/02

51 11 36 2  
 

10/11-14/01

53 8 38 1  
 

5/5-7/00

62 5 31 2  
 

4/7-9/00

61 7 30 2  
             

"Do you think there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons?"

 
    Should be Should
not be
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/5-11/17

28 71 1    
 

10/5-9/16

23 76 1    
 

10/7-11/15

27 72 1    
 

10/12-15/14

26 73 1    
 

10/3-6/13

25 74 2    
 

12/19-22/12

24 74 2    
 

10/6-9/11

26 73 1    
 

10/7-10/10

29 69 1    
 

10/1-4/09

28 71 1    
 

10/3-5/08

29 69 2    
 

10/4-7/07

30 68 2    
 

10/9-12/06

32 66 2    
 

10/13-16/05

35 64 1    
 

10/11-14/04

36 63 1    
 

10/6-8/03

32 67 1    
 

10/14-17/02

32 65 3    
 

8/29 - 9/5/00

36 62 2    
             

"Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles?"

 
    For Against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/5-11/17

48 49 3    
 

10/5-9/16

36 61 3    
 

12/19-22/12

44 51 5    
 

10/6-9/11

43 53 5    
 

10/11-14/04

50 46 4    
             

"Please say whether you favor or oppose each of the following. ..."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Requiring background checks for all gun purchases."

 

10/5-11/17

96 4 -    
             
 

"Enacting a 30-day waiting period for all gun sales."

 

10/5-11/17

75 24 1    
             
 

"Requiring all privately-owned guns to be registered with the police."

 

10/5-11/17

70 29 1    
 

"Thinking about how the gun issue might affect your vote for major offices, would you only vote for a candidate who shares your views on gun control, would you consider a candidate's position on gun control as just one of many important factors when voting, or would you not consider gun control a major issue?" Among registered voters.

 
    Only if
shares views
One of many
factors
Not a major
issue
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/5-11/17 RV

24 61 12 3  
 

10/7-11/15 RV

26 54 17 4  
 

5/5-7/00 RV

11 64 23 3  
             

"How worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of a mass shooting: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?"

 
    Very
worried
Somewhat
worried
Not too
worried
Not worried
at all
 
    % % % %  
 

10/5-11/17

10 29 34 26  
 

12/11-12/15

11 27 35 27  
             

"If new gun control laws were passed, do you think it would reduce the number of mass shootings in the U.S. a great deal, a moderate amount, a little, or not at all?"

 
    A great
deal
A moderate
amount
A little Not
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

10/5-11/17

21 20 16 42 1

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Oct. 5-10, 2017. N=1,482 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

10/5-10/17

64 34 3    
 

3/26 - 4/1/13

58 38 4    
 

2/27 - 3/4/13

54 42 5    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

56 40 4    
             

"Do you think any new gun laws will interfere with the right to own guns, or do you think it's possible to make new gun laws without interfering with gun rights?"

 
    Will
interfere
Won't
necessarily
interfere
No right
to own
guns (vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

10/5-10/17

27 63 1 10  
 

6/21-27/16

28 64 - 8  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). Aug. 5-9, 2017. N=1,200 adults nationwide. Asked of all the respondents Aug. 5; asked of one-half the respondents Aug. 6-9. RV = registered voters

             

"Which of the following statements concerns you more? The government will go too far in restricting the rights of citizens to own guns. The government will not do enough to regulate access to firearms." Options rotated

 
    Will go
too far in
restricting
Will not
do enough
to regulate
Mixed
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/5-9/17

50 45 3 1 1
 

6/19-23/16 RV

50 47 1 - 2
 

12/6-9/15 RV

52 44 1 2 1

Guns continued


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